MOVIE AND DISCUSSIONS
These movies break the way to some excellent discussion topics with teens, and a lot of them are topics that need to be discussed- from privacy settings to what image you're projecting to making sure they're being safe online, you can create discussion guides to hand out beforehand to get your teens thinking, and start the discussion afterwards.
|CATFISH- the documentary that started the TV show. Talk about how to tell if how you're talking to is really who you think they are, and what your profile says about you.|
|HACKERS- aside from showing a young Sherlock from NBC and a young Angelina, it shows that determined teens can change anything. Explore ideas of code cracking, and how safe your information is online and on your devices.|
|WARGAMES- yes, "old" but talk about how even though the tech has changes, the basics of hacking is the same. How safe are things when everything is connected to a computer, and all someone needs is a secret code?|
|THE SOCIAL NETWORK- How Facebook got started (and the new Spiderman, BTW), talk about privacy settings and passwords, and what people can see and search for|
CHECKING IN AT THE LIBRARY
I was lucky enough to meet Darren Shan at ALA Midwinter, and That Guy and I were able to get two of his new series signed for giveaways for Teen Tech Week at my library. Since my teens are off for Spring Break during TTW, I'm creating this:
They will have to get four stamps (complete four squares) in order to be entered into the drawing for the book, and thereby will be "checking in" at the library. You could definitely alter it to use for your programs. (If you want the layout, let me know- it was really easy to create). I gave them a variety of options, including volunteering, reading, helping me plan summer reading, and doing their homework early. My favorite is the chocolate- we'll see if that actually happens.
LOW TECH TEEN TECH
The other big success that I've had during tech week is when I've got low tech/no tech during gaming programs. I'm always surprised by when I have a huge knowledge of games that my teens have no comprehension of. Case in point: Clue. I was SO excited the first summer I was at my current job, and set up a LIVE CLUE. I had a duct tape body and EVERYTHING. None of them had played, so it died. Literally. And then they teased the littler kids that it really was a dead body, and I had to reassure a parent that no, there wasn't a murder in the library, it was just connected to our summer reading program. *sigh* So I really like take low tech/no tech games and having a gaming afternoon and getting them involved.
|You buy all the carrots, try to kill everyone else's bunnies, and the winner is determined by the luck of the draw.|
|Monty Python Fluxx: Coconuts, Swallows, and French Taunting version of the Zombies.|
|Karen introduced me to this version, and it's SO much easier than trying to explain to teens who Jesse Jackson is.|
|Munchkin. I love the game, and am dying to try it on my teens...|
|Another one that I love, and want to try it on my teens...|